John Freeman talks about The Tyranny of E-mail: The Four Thousand Year Journey to Your Inbox.
The former president of the National Book Critics Circle and current American Editor of Granta, gives us a history of people's need for correspondence. He examines the astonishing growth of e-mail -- how it is changing lives, and not always for the better.
John Freeman is an award-winning writer and book critic who has written for numerous publications, including the New Yorker, the New York Times Book Review, The Los Angeles Times, The Guardian, and The Wall Street Journal. He won the 2007 James Patterson Pageturner Award for his work as the president of the National Book Critics Circle and has also been the editor of Granta.
John Freeman describes the psychology behind compulsive email checking.
He explains that the neurological effects of constantly checking your inbox are similar to those of playing a slot machine. "Rather than reward an action every time it is performed, you reward it sometimes, but not in a predictable way," he says.
John Freeman outlines two of the steps in his ten-step program to end email addiction. "The number one thing...is not sending an email," he explains. "Another thing is just not checking it in the morning or at night."